ImpigerTech News You Need To Know: April 28 – May 5, 2016

Apple announces new Apple Music API By John Voorhees On April 28th 2016,Apple announced a new API for Apple Music. The most interesting feature of the new API is,now any app could become a major music streaming service if the user is an Apple Music subscriber. For example,Facebook can create a social playlist based on what your friends are listening to; fitness apps can now play your favorite songs based on your workout routine; a small budget indie game could now have rich music in its gameplay and much more. Developers can now explore how to integrate music into their apps and let Apple deal with licensing and royalty payments to the record labels and artists. Apple Music is rumored for a big reboot in June.

 

Google to start hardware division By Mark Bergen and Ina Fried Google has hired Rick Osterloh,the former president of Motorola,as the head of a new hardware division. He will likely be responsible for running Google’s hardware projects like the Nexus,Chromecast,Chromebook laptops,and Google Glass. Industry leaders see the search giant’s hire as a move to compete with Apple and the latter’s impressive market share. It is unclear how Google’s hardware/OEM partners will react to the new strategy.

 

Apple Stole My Music. No,Seriously.

By James Pinkstone A blog post about Apple Music went viral for all wrong reasons this week when a user wrote about how the software deleted files off the hard drive without the owner’s knowledge. The author,who is a freelance composer,claims that Apple Music deleted music that the software did not recognize,which included many of his original compositions. He was further disgruntled when he was told,“The software is functioning as intended”. Though there are no other reported cases of a similar incident,it is a reminder to us all on the importance of backing up our data.

 

An App That Could Cause Lasting Psychological DamageBy The Guardian

6×9 is VR app that lets the user experience what it is like to be in a 6×9 feet US solitary confinement prison cell. The app can be used with or without a cardboard viewer/VR gear. This is yet another interesting and a powerful demonstration of virtual reality and what it can become in the near future. We are not holding our breaths to see the high scores for this app.

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